Denver Nuggets – Golden State Warriors Game 3 Preview

Apr 20, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried on the bench during the second half of game one of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Golden State Warriors at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 97-95. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Coming off the first home loss since mid-January, the Nuggets will look to regain momentum Friday night in Oakland against the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors dissected the Nuggets perimeter defense with a flurry of jump shots: GSW hit 64.6 percent of their shots in Game 2.

Quick hits:

  • George Karl hinted Friday morning at the possibility of starting Wilson Chandler at the 4 and Faried at center, but nothing is imminent. UPDATED* — Chandler to start at Center with Faried at the 4.
  • Stephen Curry is a game-time decision, per the DenverPost, but I’d be shocked if he didn’t play.

The basics:

  • Where? Oracle Arena — Oakland, California
  • When? 10:30 ET — ESPN2

Probable starters:

  • PG – Ty Lawson
  • SG – Evan Fournier
  • SF – Andre Iguodala
  • PF – Kenneth Faried
  • C – Wilson Chandler
*UPDATED @ 8:24 CT: According to Aaron J Lopez of, Wilson Chandler could start Friday nights Game 3 as the center for the Denver Nuggets.

Don’t be surprised if this is completely wrong. There’s been rumblings that Andre Miller could start at the 2 and George Karl could pull the plug on any lineup changes he hinted at, like Mark Jackson did in Game 2.

Probable starters:

  • PG – Jarrett Jack
  • SG – Steph Curry [despite reports, I find it hard to believe that Curry won't start and play 38+ minutes in Game 3]
  • SF – Klay Thompson
  • PF – Harrison Barnes
  • C – Andrew Bogut

The Denver Nuggets need to make adjustments if they want to win Game 3 and swing the momentum back in their favor.


The Warriors won’t shoot nearly as well as they did in Game 2. There’s absolutely no way that Karl allows the Nuggets’ pick-and-roll defense to be half as bad as it was last time out. But if the Nuggets fall on their face, they could be in a world of trouble. The Warriors’ confidence is at an all-time high with how well they played last game and they really feel like this is now their series to lose. I think the Nuggets rotation is going to shorten up: Koufos and McGee struggled on the boards and in defending the pick-and-roll and I can’t see them getting many minutes against Golden State’s small-ball lineup. I’ve got a feeling Karl has some tricks up his sleeves: maybe we’ll see Jordan Hamilton get some minutes at the 4 to match up with Harrison Barnes? I don’t know. But I do know the Nuggets won’t play nearly as poorly and Golden State won’t shoot the lights out like they did in Game 2. Nuggets steal Game 3 105-103.


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Topics: Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, NBA Playoffs

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